California counties sue Trump to protect immigrants on food stamps

Two counties in California filed suit against the Trump administration on Tuesday for their new “public charge” rule that would allow federal officials to deny green cards to those who they believe likely to need government assistance to live in the United States, The Hill reported.

The suit was filed in the District Court for the Northern District of California by Representatives for Santa Clara County and San Francisco and claimed that the rule change hurts “critical public health and safety-net systems, is arbitrary and capricious, flouts federal law, and seeks to usurp Congress’ authority by administratively repealing its longstanding family-based immigration system,” according to The Hill.

Documents for the plaintiff stated that the likely drop in noncitizens using public services could result in an “increase risks to the public health.”

The plaintiffs allege that the projected drop in noncitizens using public services as a result of the new rule will “increase risks to the public health,” and that the rule is unlawful in that they believe it conflicts with “the broader congressional framework of U.S. immigration law.”

The suit came just one day after Trump administration’s Monday announcement that it is extending federal officials ability to deny green cards to those immigrants thought likely to depend on government aid, once in the United States, according to Fox News.

The extension is being hailed as a “public charge” rule that will work to ensure those who are offered permanent residency will be able to support themselves and help keep taxpayers from footing the bill.

“The principle driving it is an old American value, and that’s self-sufficiency,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli told Fox News in an interview. “It’s a core principle — the American Dream itself — and it’s one of the things that distinguishes us, and it’s central to the legal history in the U.S. back into the 1800s.”

“It will also have the long-term benefit of protecting taxpayers by ensuring people who are immigrating to this country don’t become public burdens, that they can stand on their own two feet, as immigrants in years past have done,” he said. “It’s not only a recipe for their success, but for America’s success growing out of our immigration system.”

Included in the programs brought into consideration will be Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), as well as most forms of Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to Fox News.

Written by Savannah Pointer.

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